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- Motorists less likely to be involved in highway fatalities
- March 11th, 2010 12:12 AM
By Life Quotes, Inc. Staff
The nation’s highways may be safer than ever, but this shouldn’t cause people to look more casually at the importance of investing in a good life insurance policy.
According to the Department of Transportation, an estimated 33,963 people died in highway accidents in 2009, marking an 8.9 percent drop from 2008. The fatality rate per miles driven reached its lowest point on record, falling to 1.16 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
The government also notes that the overall number of traffic fatalities has fallen for 15 consecutive quarters and that the current figure is at the lowest point since 1954.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood hails the news, but also declares that “there are still far too many people dying in traffic accidents.”
Among the reasons cited for the improved safety are tougher campaigns against drunken driving and efforts to increase seat belt usage. Improvements in highways and other infrastructure also are credited for the improvement.
The data can also serve as a reminder that life insurance is not just an investment for older people to make. Accidents can affect people of all ages and health categories.
This article was originally published by Life Quotes, Inc.
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